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this morning, obama and challenger to themney returning today and just after their first debate in denver to. in virginia will be the president campaigns in colorado and wisconsin. will touch on many issues, heard in the debate including the economy. brianne carter is outside the up.te house with a wrap- >> the economy was at the forefront of this debate last night. campaign was hoping debate, hethe extra momentum. analysts believe that's what he accomplished. back to campaigning this morning for president obama and mitt romney after a night of back- .nd-forth debate many say romney had the right tone. poll shows 67% of americans believe the republican local was the winner. the president's proposed policies, middle-income americans have been buried. i will not under any circumstances raise taxes on middle-income families. the president fired back on economy, saying romney taxes and not add to the deficit without hurting the middle class. for 18 months he's been running on this tax plan. now, five weeks before the says his big bold idea is never mind. >> when talking about what cuts recommend
and obama facing off at the university of denver. brianne carter has a look ahead. >> good morning. new numbers this morning show obama holds a lead in ohio. a tie in virginia and florida. the candidates have been the swing states over the past couple weeks. now they will turn their attention to denver. they will share the same stage later tonight for their first presidential debate. tonight's focus will be about issues. you have heard a lot about that trail.campaign and the economy and health care. expected to be a lot of back- forth between them on those. those they are hoping to gain .omentum we have just a month before voters start heading to the polls. we will continue to follow this throughout the day. more coming up later on abc 7 news. back to you. >> thank you. just in time for the first is sculpted debate, head mold of the two atdidates now on display wax museum ins downtown d.c. they will have a kids election inent at the museum getmber where the children to choose which one they want. what the debate at 9:00 tonight 11:00, scott thuman will offer his insight. the examiner re
. >>> and tomorrow morning, president obama will be in fairfax at the rally center for the arts concert hall. >>> all right, we are following breaking news for you right now. people are all trapped inside and ken ken is live with the latest on that. ken? >> reporter: yes, we are talking about a three-story building. you can see what it looks like right now. firefighters are still hitting some hot spots right now. the fire has been knocked down. still firefighters here on the scene. the folks are still outside. and i want to bring in now the chief as well as the d.c. fire chief here. talk to us about what happened here. >> our units arrived on the scene from the second and third floor. we had a man jumping from the is educational background -- from the second floor. >> okay, you had one that jumped? >> yes, sir. >> how is that person doing? >> i cannot reveal their condition, but they have been transported. >> we also heard that one firefighter was injured, is that correct? >> yes, that's affirmative, but he should be fine. >> do we know what may have started it had? >> no, we don't know what started
minutes much each other. >>> this morning president obama and mitt romney are getting their final preparations in before tonight's first presidential debate. the candidates will square off at the university of denver. take a look at the hockey arena there. it will host the debate tonight. romney has spent the past few days in the mile high city preparing for tonight. he took a break yesterday for lunch at chipotle. both campaigns know how crucial tonight's debate is especially in virginia. >> i think it's an opportunity for governor romney to flush out these issues face to face with president obama. there's no opportunity for the obama campaign to twist his message or his words. >> he's very good at explaining what's going on, what he's proposing, what he has done. and i don't think there's anything to worry about. >> president obama and mitt romney will face off in two more debates. the next one is a week from tomorrow in danville, kentucky. president obama now leading mitt romney by three percentage points among all likely voters in the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll
. >>> topping our stories this morning, president obama is returning to the battleground state of virginia and he'll be in our area. the president is due to speak at a campaign rally at george mason university at 10:45 this morning. after he leaves fairfax county, he heads to another university in ohio. mr.obama will speak at cleveland state university this afternoon. >>> meanwhile, republican nominee mitt romney is also in virginia again this morning. he'll be at a campaign event in washington county on the north carolina border. yesterday romney campaigned with country music legend trace atkins outside charlottesville. both meet for another debate in new york in a week and a half. >>> surprising unemployment report shows the jobless rate dropped. most economists expected it to rise. it went down from 8.1 to 7.8%. this is the first time in almost four years that the unemployment rate has fallen below 8%. the government says the rate fell because more people found work, a trend that could impact the presidential race. >>> making headlines this morning, an alert for women in fairfax county.
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was an uncharacteristic debate performance for president obama. >>> also, questions this morning about a major schedule shakeup for local firefighters. [ male announcer ] for the dreamers... and those well grounded. for what's around this corner... and the next. there's cash flow options from pnc. solutions to help businesses like yours accelerate receivables, manage payments, and help ensure access to credit. because we know how important cash flow is to reaching your goals. pnc bank. for the achiever in you. >>> breaking news. an american accused of a deadly shooting inside a hotel in israel. update in ten minutes. first, good morning. welcome back to "news 4 today." i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. 62 degrees. a cool start to your day, beautiful day ahead, but big changes for the weekend. >> meteorologist tom kierein is on the storm team 4 weather deck with a look at things right now. >>> you can see the soft pink glow of this new day showing up behind capitol hill. live view from our nbc 4 hd city camera. out here on the storm team 4 weather deck, we've got a clear sky. it's showing off hi
. >>> to the campaign trail now. president obama will be in fairfax later on this morning at george mason university. his speech and one later today in ohio will focus on the economy. >> president obama is also working to encourage more people to register to vote. the voter registration deadline in virginia is october 15th. republican presidential nominee mitt romney will deliver a speech on foreign policy next monday at virginia military institute in lexington. romney and his running mate, paul ryan, campaigned in fisherville, virginia yesterday. though it didn't come up in we had night's debate, romney is talking about his 47% comment again saying his choice of words was, quote, wrong. more on that coming up later on in this hour. in this hour. >>> an alert now for women in fairfax county. police are looking if a suspected serial fondler. >> he has approached at least five women, usual hi from behind appear grabbing them and taking often. -- usually from behind and grabbing them and taking off. >> reporter: this firveg victim just came forward. she hadn't initially reported the incident. -- this f
returns to virginia tomorrow morning. president obama will hold a rally in the fairfax, a washington, d.c. suburb. also, at 11:35, we will bring you a rally for mitt romney in southwestern virginia. >> we need to tackle our nation poses challenges before they tackle us. we need to save and strengthen social security. we are putting ideas on the table how to do that. we will save benefits for a seniors and for my generation so these promises are kept. >> they have laid out clearly -- they say we have endangered medicare. they have stolen money from medicare to get money for obamacare. you see it and hear it in everything they say. nothing could be further from the truth. >> joe biden and paul ryan will face off in their only debate. you can watch and engage with c- span on our live debate preview starting at 7:00 eastern followed by the debate at 9:00. your reaction, calls, e-mails, and it reads at 10:30. >> in a little more than an hour and a half, a forum on possible tax increases caused by the so- called fiscal cliff after the first of the year. later, the senate debate in the jersey.
on the old dominion as mitt romney and president obama fight for votes in virginia. >>> good morning. i'm eun yang. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist. welcome back to news 4 today on this friday, october 5th. let's go straight to melissa mollet at the live news desk. >>> that scene in israel where police say they shot and killed a 20-year-old tourist there. he was part of an exchange program, and he was recently fired from the hotel. the argument started in the kitchen of the leonardo hotel. he reportedly snatched the security guard's gun and shot one man in his 50s. the suspect was later killed by a counterterrorism unit. we'll pass along more information as it comes into the news room. >> thank you, melissa. >>> we are in for a spectacular day today, little chilly but not complaining. >> it's certainly feeling like autumn. we got rid of that summer sticky humidity we've had the last couple of days. overnight, it really did turn a lot less humid. for your morning commute, we'll have a clear sky. bright venus now rising in the eastern sky, and the moon and jupiter, they are in the southern sky now.
, but a senior obama campaign adviser talked about it this morning. >> if the republicans want to defend the bush administration's response, i'm sure the president would give him time during the debate to do that. >> an attempt to change the subject from romney's comments made in a video that surfaced last month. he said 47% of americans are dependent on the government. tara for cbs news, the white house. >> now we should note that the romney campaign says it had nothing to do with the release of that video tape. or the rerelease of the video tape of that speech since it happened five years ago and was covered at the time. but joining me now here at u.s.a. today election headquarters is paul singer. he is politics editor and he'll be taking part in the fact check that will keep you up to date on what's going on in that debate tonight. you have poll numbers that have been rolling over, giving us an idea of who is up and who is doing. show it to us on the computer. >> we have this poll tracker which we have built with our partners. it gives you the opportunity to go through and see in t
to focus on voters. in voters >> obama and romney making appearances in the commonwealth this morning. romney apologizes about a controversial remark that he made during a fund-raiser. john gonzalez has more now. >> with a new-found momentum after what many describe as a strong showing in the first presidential debate, watched by 62 million americans, romney is back in virginia. three rallies in five days in the commonwealth. he has taken different approach on the controversy surrounding the 47% comments. >> what i said was completely wrong. i absolutely believe that my life has shown that i care about 100 percent. >> the president is in virginia hoping to rebound after what a majority of americans believe was a lackluster performance in the debate. >> i met a very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney but i know it could not have been mitt romney because the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. >> john gonzalez reporting. we will get more updates throughout the morning. several hundred
and university boulevard. it >>> we may be waking up to a changed presidential race this morning. >> president obama and mitt romney faced each other in the first presidential debate. fox's doug luzader has more. >> reporter: this is always an expectations game and at the very least, mitt romney may have made this race more competitive last night. you can argue that just by walking out on the stage, mitt romney got a boost appearing alongside the president. but while they warmly shook hands rock. knee was on the offensive. >> mr. president, you are entitle as a president to your own plane and your own house but not to your own facts. >> reporter: despite all of the build-up, this was not the night full of zingers. it was a drilldown on the overall economy and health care and what mr. romney called obamacare. >> i use that term with all respect. >> while the president embraced the term obamacare, he shot back accusing romney of making promises about health care and tax policy without providing specifics. >> at some point, i think the american people have to ask themselves is the reason that gov
. >> right now president obama is focused on winning re-election, but he's already focused on winning a key election should he win. cnbc's seema mody is live with some of the names mentioned. >> good morning. >>> if president obama wins, one of his first assignments is to find a replacement for treasury secretary timothy geithner. geithner has said he wants to leave but would stay on until a successor is confirmed. "the wall street journal" reporting that white house chief of staff lew and formerlinton chief of staff erskine bowles are key candidates. they could play a major role in deficit talks with congress. bowles chaired the white house deficit commission in 2010. >>> in other news, general motors is recalling more than 40,000 vehicles sold in warm weather states because of potential fuel leaks. it affects chevy cobalt and pontiac g5 sedans and chevy equinox, pontiac torrent, and saturn ion from 2007. it could crack the fuel pump, causing it to leak and cause a fire. gm has no reports of fires or injuries. back over to you. >> seema, thanks. >>> robert griffin iii ran for 323 yards and
. president obama will be at george mason university this morning. mitt romney will be in abingdon, virginia. the polls show the race is a close one right now. >>> one person jumped from a burning building last night and was seriously hurt. three others hospitalized after this fire it was along hay street near first street northwest. >>> the baltimore orioles are ready for their first playoff appearance in 15 years. they will take on the texas rangers tonight in the a. l. wild card game. the nationals will play the winner of the nl wild card game on sunday. >>> time right now is 6:53. and we're going to answer the question of the morning -- >> and the answer is a., class ring and a million years i thought it was going to be overalls or the team jersey. >> your overalls are safe mike hydeck. go ahead and let that flag fly. >>> one more check of traffic and weather right after this. >>> one more sort of sad thing before we go. one of our favorite people at channel 9 who has been here for a long time. dan -- >> producer dan. >> producer dan. >> our 6:00 a.m. producer is leaving us. today is his
>>> good morning, everyone. welcome to news 4 midday. i can't believe i just lost my voice. >> time to catch our breath. we have an exciting show on tap. it's thursday, october 4, 2012. president obama and mitt romney are back on the campaign trail. both campaigns are declaring victory in the first presidential debate. melissa mollet joins us with some of the highlights. >> reporter: good morning. in an hour, president obama will speak at a park in denver, then fly fo wisconsin this afternoon. meantime, romney is headed to virginia for a ral lee tonight. they might be moving on, but many are rehashing last night's debate. the debate was make or break for mitt romney who appeared confident, commanding and in control. at times, it seemed a subdued president obama was less prepared allowing romney to steer the direction of the debate. many, including "meet the press" host, david gregory calling romney the clear winner. >> his proposal calls for a tax cut on top of $2 trillion of spending. >> everything he said about my tax plan is inaccurate. if the tax plan he described were a tax pla
.m. >> our road to the white house picking up again this morning. president obama is at george mason university. we will have that live when it begins and take your phone call reactions. until then, the conversation about the presidential race from this morning's "washington journal." host: a syndicated columnist and has a new book out. this morning. this is number what? no. 9. host: it is called "mugged: racial demagoguery from the seventies to obama." are going to talk about that. where do you think the presidential race is right now. guest: mitt romney is looking very good peer that is why in the obama administration did not want to run against mitt romney. he was the most threatening of the candidates. it is very hard to take on an incumbent. it has only happened -- republicans have only done at one time in the last few years. is in the last time it happened when clinton took out bush? it is curious, for example, there were 70 million viewers of that debate the other night, the highest it has been since 1992, the last time an incumbent was taken out. that is because people are un
the inner loop of the beltway, 236 construction there. back to you both. >> thank you. >>> this morning, both campaigns are declaring victory in the first presidential debate of this election. president obama and mitt romney squared off for 90 minutes last night in denver. tracy potts is live in denver now with the latest on the debate. >> reporter: good morning, everyone, from denver, where the pressure was on for mitt romney to perform to back up his ideas with details, taking on the man that even some republicans had described as one of the most skilled debaters in modern politics. the point of this debate was to make differences clear, on lowering the desmt. >> you said you'd cut the deficit in half, it's now four years later, we have trillion-dollar deficits. >> the way we do it is for every $2.50 of additional debt, we ask for a dollar, paid for by those doing very well to contribute a little more to reduce the deficit. >> reporter: the president insisted romney would spend five trillion on tax breaks favoring the wealthy. >> math, common sense, and our history shows us that's not
time. coming up this morning, making their case with voters. the issues mitt romney and president obama tried to hammer home in their first debate. >>> plus, growing problem that is leaving the famous reflecting pool empty just weeks after it opened. >>> a line of showers moving >>> a line of showers moving through our region.e. the middle class, who move our country forward. work hard. raise families. and keep america strong. but mitt romney's budget plan will hurt the middle class. raising taxes on the average family by up to $2000 dollars. while giving a tax break of $250,000 dollars to multi-millionaires. doesn't mitt romney understand, we can't rebuild america...by tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> and now, from washington's leading news station, this is news4 today. >>> looking at the stories making headlines, right now at 5:29, policy issues, not zingers, were the focus of the first presidential debate. >>> a maryland man fighting for his life after police say he was the target of a brutal beating and robb
at the news desk. >> good morning, everyone. president obama and republican challenger mitt romney come face to face tonight in their first presidential debate. tonight's event in denver could help the president maintain his slight lead in the battleground states of florida, ohio and virginia but a good showing by romney could help him narrow the gap even more and lure undecided voters. can you watch tonight's debate live starting at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific time right here on nbc. >>> if you are a pennsylvania voter, will you not have to show a photo i.d. this election. a judge ruled against the measure for now saying he didn't believe there was adequate time for voters to easily get a photo i.d. before november 6th. >>> the new jersey high school student who disappeared after tweeting that there was an intruder in her home has been spotted on security camera at a train station. the video image taken just 15 minutes after her tweet shows the 16-year-old by herself holding a backpack and large purse waiting for a train. there's no signs of foul play, that she left her home voluntarily, but
will be 10:00 tomorrow morning there. 50 million viewers expected to watch tonight's debate between president obama and mitt romney. >> its the first of three for the candidates. what happens on the stage could play a huge role at the polls. brianne carter has a preview. >> the last time they were face to face for debate was four years ago. both sides are downplaying expectations. president barack obama and republican presidential hopeful mitt romney will square off on the issues in their first side- by-side showdown of this race. >> i think the winner will be declared by the american people based on what the two candidates say and who lays out a vision for the future, some policy details. >> tonight the debate will focus on domestic issues including the economy, health care, and the role of government. the candidates are preparing and many are weighing in on what they need to do. >> i don't think mitt romney has to win this debate. he needs to show that he is presidential and compassionate. >> the president is all about his mannerisms and his style. i think he cannot come across as charitabl
with more on how the candidates are spending the next few days preparing. good morning, tracie. >> reporter: angie, good morning. good morning, everyone. romney has actually been preparing for the last month, since the end of the gop convention. president obama now holed up for the next couple of days in nevada sparring with john kerry, his debate partner, to get ready for this first presidential debate on wednesday. both sides lowering expectations. the an aide for obama said romney will be prepared and aggressive. an aide for romney ss he should not be underestimated. here's what both candidates had to say about wednesday. >> what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing and restore security for hard working americans. >> the american people will listen carefully to the conversation that's held over three debates and the fourth with the vice presidential debate, and they'll decide who can help their family, who will be able to get our economy going in the way it could be going, and they'll make the decision based on what
to where it was in january of 2009. on the other side from mitt romney later this morning. out campaigning and rich edson is reporting from virginia. how do these campaigns treat this? connell: we lost rich because he is at the obama rally. we will get to him after a quick break. dagen: can't hear us. dagen: virginia has big voices. connell: i have heard that before. mitt romney will be in dagen mcdowell's home state. we're back with more coverage. the dow up 50 points and wayne rogers still to come on markets now. dagen: from alabama or originally and the winner -- ♪ [ male announcer ] how do you turn an entrepreneur's dream... ♪ into a scooter that talks to the cloud? ♪ or make 70,000 trades a second... ♪ reach one customer at a time? ♪ how do you help doctors turn billions of bytes of shared information... ♪ into a fifth anniversary of remission? ♪ or turn 30-million artifacts... ♪ into a high-tech mastpiece? ♪ whatever your business challenge, dell has the technology and services to help you solve it. connell: more to come on the jobs report. wayne rogers will talk ab
if the presidential race. president obama will be in northern virginia this morning. he is speaking to students at george mason university. his campaign says the president will talk about the choice facing voter between two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy. mitt romney is back in the commonwealth this morning. he and his running mate paul ryan were at an event in the shenandoah valley. he is looking to build momentum after the debate. >>> a health alert now about a rare form of meningitis. officials say it has now spread to six states killing five people including one each in maryland and virginia. 35 cases have been reported across the country of fungal meningitis. doctors say it taxed the lining of the brain and the spinal cord. all of the infected patients received steroid injections to treat back pain. doctors suggest the steroid was likely contaminated and say it is not contagious. >> you are going to see a spike perhaps in more cases in the next few more days but ultimately, it will subside. >> it is very important for your listening audience to know that this me
. >>> this morning, we learn the jobless rate is at its lowest level since president obama first took office. the new rate 7.8%, that's a bigger than expected drop from 8.1% in august. 114,000 new jobs were added last month, those new jobs numbers out today seem to be pretty good news for president obama. but it is his opponents who greating to t in getting to the microphone first to call foul. joining me now, john breabander. welcome to both of you. >> good morning, carol. >> nice to see you too. the jobs report was not great. only 114,000 jobs added to the economy. you had that psychological boost of the unemployment rate going down to 7.8%. is the obama camp doing the happy dance? >> well, they're not doing a happy dance, carol, because the president is always the first one to say that even though we are headed in the right direion, and these numbers continue to prove that, we're now at the 31 straight months of private sector job creation. he says there is a lot more to do. he knows there is a lot more people out there that want jobs, that need jobs, and it is always a reason he talked about for
. and this morning, mitt romney, riding high from his debate win wednesday. president obama fighting back, prising to do better at the next debate. the questions right now, is this really a new race? how much of a difference will this morning's jobs report make? david muir is with mitt romney in harrisonburg, virginia. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning to you. both campaigns awaiting the new jobs report this morning. the president hoping for good numbers as he tries to turn the page on that debate performance this week. as mitt romney in virginia looks to build on his momentum. overnight here, the key battleground of virginia, mitt romney on a different stage. but it was that debate stage 24 hours earlier, still on his mind. >> last night, i thought was a great opportunity for the american people to see two very different visions for the country. >> reporter: deafening cheers and a swelling crowd of a debate performance that's rallied republicans. paul ryan, taking away from his own debate prep. >> last night, america got to see the man i know. a leader. >> reporter: the president, me
morning. what can president obama or governor romney due to work with the next congress? do think this will lead to a greater assertion of executive authority in the next term? guest: thank you, john. i did not know i would be facing the toughest questioners. students and journalism students. let me take your question. congressional approval is at an all-time low. it is up there with paris hilton and the communist party of russia. i think we need to step back and understand many people in this country see the political system as broken. others -- elizabeth warren -- have spoken house some money have seen the system rigged against them. -- so many americans see the system rigged against them. there is a few that those who dislike government for the past 40 years have a stake in diminishing the reputation of government, of congress. i would argue that we have seen a movement in these last 40 years to debase role of government. callback and read the book on lyndon johnson. the use or abuse of the filibuster has been used or abuse in the last 10 days or three years more than once in t
in four years. a lot of questions remain on those numbers. good morn ebb everybody, i'm bill hemmer. martha: good morning everybody, i'm martha maccallum. last time we saw rate this low, that would be january 2009, when president obama took office. the labor department says of these numbers, employers added only 114,000 jobs over the course of that month. so that raises a let of questions about this headline number. many jobs added are part-time jobs. bill: stuart varney, anchor of "varney & company" in the fox business network. you read what? >> there is widespread mistrust of this report and these numbers. there are clear contradictions. 873,000 people said they had found work but only 114 thou knew jobs were created that is contradiction. if you delve a little deeper, seems a lot of these people who found work, that would be, that is the 873,000, if you look deeply, it turns out 600,000 of those 873,000 people were part-time workers. so they came back into the labor force and they pushed unemployment rate down to 7.8% but there is a contradiction here, between the number of new j
of a sudden as he president obama campaign this morning in virginia. the battleground state with 13 electoral votes up for grabs. governor romney attending a rally in a few moments in washington county which supported john mccain by a 2-to-1 margin over the president in 2008. more on that in a moment. right now back to our top story, the drop in the national unemployment rate. it now stands officially at 7.8% in september. the economy adding 114,000 jobs last month, but not nearly enough to keep pace with population growth. so how does the overall rate drop? if we delve deeper into the numbers what does it really tell us about the health. economy five weeks from election day? charles payne, fox business network and ceo of w street.com. he joins us now. charles, if 114,000 jobs added will not keep pace with population growth, how does the rate drop? >> jon, when the bureau labor statisticses does the monthly job survey, they do two of them. one they call the establishment survey. that is the one we really take our cue from. that is the businesses. the other one is the household survey. extraor
carrie, news4. >> president obama is back in washington tonight preparing for another campaign rally tomorrow morning at george mason university after what many called a lackluster debate performance last night. the president was back in front of a crowd today and wasted no time going after his rival. >> the man on stage last night, he does not want to be held accountable for the real mitt romney's decisions and what he's been saying for the last year. >> just want to make sure i got this state. he'll get rid of regulations on wall street but he'll crack down on sesame street. >> michelle obama will speak to voters at the loudoun county fairgrounds next tuesday. >>> a man is in serious condition tonight after he jumped from a burning three-story building in northwest d.c. the fire broke out inside an apartment complex around 6:00. it left part of the building scorched on the outside. we're told the victim jumped before the firefighters got there. crews rescued three others who were trapped inside. those three are also in the hospital. they're expected to be okay. >>> now to an unwelc
morning. fight to the finish. election day exactly one month away. president obama handling with a positive jobs report, hoping it will help him keep his job. governor mitt romney says it's too little too late. a legendary business executive claims the books were cooked. >>> skating scandal. a u.s. olympic speed skater admits to tampering with a rival's skate before a big competition and he says he did it against his will. he'll explain why in an exclusive interview. >>> and are they back together? new signs of chris brown and rihanna dating again, despite their violent history, and it has some people wondering what she's thinking. today's saturday, october 6th, 2012. >> from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and jenna wolf, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. >> it's good to have you back from afghanistan. safe and sound. >> good to be back. >> and you're back into the thick of politics here in this country as well. >> it feels like this presidential race has been going on for so long now,
candidates after their first debate last night. >> president obama has stomp scheduled in wisconsin. paul ryan and mitt romney are headed to fishersville, virginia west of charlottesville. kristin fisher is in the satellite center with more excerpts from the opening day. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this was an excellent debate in the sense there really was no fluff, no personal attacks. the candidates really focused on the real important issues. the economy. now, one of the most confusing things though, any time you're talking about the economy, tax cuts, deficits, it can get confusing. one of the most confusing but important exchanges during the debate was a lengthy clash between the two candidates over their competing tax proposals. listen to this. >> governor romney's proposal that he's been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 trillion tax cut on top of $2 trillion of additional spending for our military. and he is saying that he's going to pay for it by closing loopholes and deductions. the problem is he's been asked over a hundred times how you would close those dee d
>>> they have taken shots at each other for months. now mitt romney and president obama will finally meet face to face in the first presidential debate. good morning, everybody. >> welcome to new 4/today for this wednesday, october 3rd, 2012. this is a live look at the capitol dome this morning at 5:00 a.m. can you see it, though? do you you see anything out there? the fog is out there. we are talking dense fog. low visibility. >> that fog which settled in overnight made for a long trip home for joe biden. his plane had to be diverted to dulles because of low visibility andrews air force base. this was the second time weather impacted his travel. the plane also had to abort its first attempt at landing in charlotte, north carolina because of a thunderstorm. despite the delays, the vice president has always kept his sense of humor. >> good luck getting home. >> delays in north carolina did cause biden to be an hour late to a campaign rally. he was talking to members of the media. i guess his cars weren't beg enough for all those reporters. >> time for weather and traffic
is the 5:36. jessica mike back to you. >>> thank you beverly. today president obama is returning to northern virginia. he's going to stop in fairfax later this morning at george mason university. >> indeed he is and mitt romney and paul ryan were in west central virginia last night before a crowd of 10,000 in fishersville. romney drummed home his theme about the economy. >> what you didn't hear last night from the president is why it is the next four years are going to possibly be better than the last four years. >> whoever it was that was on stage last night, doesn't want to be held accountable for what the real mitt romney's been saying for the last year. >> now the president told supporters in wisconsin he didn't recognize the candidate he was debating wednesday night because so many positions have changed. there could be another momentum shift in a couple of hours when the september jobs report is released. >>> this next story might gross you out a little bit and maybe push the bowl of cheerios away. students in some university of maryland dorm halls are dealing with an infes
of that coming up in a couple of minutes. >>> president obama greeted a high-spirited crowd at george mason university in fairfax county this morning. if wednesday's debate was a shot in the arm for the romney campaign rather. today's jobs report could be the same for the president. for the first time since he took office a, unemployment has fallen below 8%. meanwhile, mitt romney was also campaigning in the common wealth where he down played the drop in the rate. danielle lee is on capitol hill with the latest from the battleground state. >> from president obama, this is proof that his policies are working, but for mitt romney, the unemployment rate now at 7.8% doesn't tell the whole story. at a rally a in virginia, a smiling president obama took full advantage of september's jobs report. >> more americans entered the work force, more people are getting jobs. >> reporter: the unemployment rate fell to 7.8%. marking the first time it's been below 8% during his presidency. >> today's excuse is not an excuse to talk down the economy to score a few political point. >> reporter: political point
the latest from the trail. >> reporter: for president obama it was a much needed shot in the arm. >> this morning we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. [ cheering and applause ] >> speaking at george mason university in fairfax the president held up the new 7.8% unemployment rate as proof that his policies are working. >> but today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points. nts. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: >> but across the state in abington, virginia, mitt romney cast doubt on those numbers. >> the truth is if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today as on the day the president was elected, or unemployment rate would be around 11%. that's the real reality of what's happening out there. >> the president's fairfax speechad been aimed at his record on women's issues, a group i says has been helped by his healthcare -- he says has been helped by his healthcare reform law. >> i don't think working
president obama's address speaking this morning in fairfax, virginia. we expect him to mention the jobs number today. the unemployment rate falling to 7.8%. first time below 8% in about four years. when that starts we'll bring it to you. in the meantime -- here's what you missed earlier on this morning. >> welcome to hour three of "squawk on the street". here's what's happening so far. >> the thing is that you got to play this in the short term. equity market looks great. risk on is every where. go out the beta curve. trade. >> so do it. >> you can create excuses for these guys if you want to, but the fact of the matter is every single jobs bill the republicans in congress have voted against. >> september nonfarm payrolls increased by 114,000 jobs. 7.8% is the new unemployment rate. >> the report is good. hours worked up. pay up. july up. i'm not political. trying to make money here. >> when you play -- >> past tens? >> then we just -- i have like seven people who might draw something from three months ago. it was bad. it was a fad zynga might be a fad. >> unbelievable jobs numbers, the
in virginia at the virginia military institute in lexington. president obama will make four california. newschannel 8 will have an in- depth repay that all the political news in just a couple of minutes. check on the commute this morning even though it is a holiday. it is very light volume on the roads right now. with the holiday, it to be laid restrictions are lifted. metro is operating on saturday schedule. on 66ip in from manassas clear and prince william southbound at sublease manner as an accident and toward the beltway, free and clear on this monday morning. out there this morning. temperatures are warming into to mid 40's now. couple of showers late today tomorrowht and milder andd hit 71.y we will >> are back again at 8:56. i'm barack obama, and i approve this message. "i'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. that's not my plan." mitchell: "the nonpartisan tax policy center concluded that mitt romney's tax plan would cost $4.8 trillion over 10 years." vo: why won't romney level with us about his tax plan, which gives the wealthy huge new tax breaks? because according to expe
of the hot topics between president obama and governor mitt romney health care and medicare. >> indeed. kristin fisher tracking the debate for us this morning. she's live in the satellite center trying to break it all down. these are complex issues. >> reporter: good morning. this debate was so focused on the economy that it took the candidates 45 minutes before they ever mentioned the words health care. but when they did, it was certainly one ever the more memorable exchanges of the night. lively exchanges of the night. at one point mitt romney told the president point blank that if elected, he would repeal his health care law to which the president responded by saying, but we've seen this model work really well in massachusetts. here's part of that exchange. >> i want to take the $716 billion you've cut it and put it back into medicare. by the way, we can include a prescription program. but the idea of cutting $716 billion from medicare to be able to balance the additional cost of obama care is in my opinion a mistake. with regards to young people coming along, i've got proposals to
. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. these candidates have each done four mock debates, mitt romney and president obama. they will each do one more today. it's more preparation than any two candidates have ever put in to general election presidential debates in the modern era of presidential politics. >> because i get the opportunity to introduce to you the next president of the united states, governor mitt romney. >> reporter: mitt romney landed in colorado monday night scoring the endorsement of denver broncos football legend john elway. >> what an honor, what a welcome and colorado welcome. thank you so much >> reporter: governor's first and only event ahead of tomorrow's big presidential debate was at a packed air and space museum in denver. >> people want to know who is going to win? who is going to score the punches? you know, in my view it's not so much winning andalusian or even the people themselves, the president and myself. it's about something bigger than that. >> reporter: still playing off the enthusiastic crowd, romney appeared to test out a
on fox 5 morning news. [ female announcer ] who will raise taxes on the middle class? barack obama and the liberals already have. to pay for government-run healthcare, you'll pay higher taxes and more for your medicine. and their plan includes a trillion dollars in higher taxes. even on the middle class. mitt romney and common sense conservatives will cut taxes on the middle class. and they'll close loopholes for millionaires. obama and his liberal allies? we can't afford four more years. [ romney] i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. >>> more than 500 people will gather for the eighth annual buddy walk this weekend locally. it's all in support of people with down syndrome and their families. the buddy walk is more than 150 events across this area in the fall to raise awareness. it's being hosted by the down syndrome network of montgomery county. this morning we're joined by the organization's president, gina mitchell. good morning. good to see you. >> good morning. >> and also the master of ceremonies for the event, audrey forsyth, good morning to you. >> good morning. >>
this morning. as you know, syndicated columnist and has a new book out. this is what for you? >> nine. >> number nine. >> number nine. >> it's called "mugged!" it's subtitle racial, demogoguery from the 70's to obama. we're going to talk with her about that but also starting point is few days after this debate, where do you think the presidential race is right now? >> i think mitt romney is looking very good. that's why the obama administration didn't want to run against mitt romney. he was clearly the most threatening of the republican candidates. i think he's the strongest candidate against obama. it's hard to take out an incumbent. republicans have only done it one time before in the last 100 years. when reagan beat carter. i guess isn't the last time it's happened when clinton took out bush, right? so it's curious, for example that there were 70 million viewers of that debate the other night, the highest it's been since 1992, the last time an incumbent was taken out. i think that's because people are uncomfortable with obama but if they're not political nuts, like we are, they hav
will cut taxes on the middle class. and they'll close loopholes for millionaires. obama and his liberal allies? we can't afford four more years. [ romney] i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. >>> making headlines this morning, teachers in chicago have finally voted to approve a new contract. it's three-year agreement that includes pay increases and a new evaluation system. the contracts must now be approved bit chicago board of education. you will recall teachers walked off the job last month canceling class for 350,000 students for seven days. they finally agreed to suspend the strike pending the outcome of the official contract vote. >>> a former prince george's county fire department official who pleaded guilty to extortion, conspiracy and tax evasion has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison. prosecutors say carl grandow bribed public officials in exchange for a development near a metro station that he had financial interest in. >>> maryland governor martin o'malley is peeking out against penn national gaming. he says the casino is running false ads against question s
this morning. will you watch tonight's debate? you can let us know by taking the poll on the news 4 today facebook page. >>> president obama appears to have gotten a boost in the battleground state of pennsylvania. a judge there ruled that voters won't have to show photo i.d.s. the decision strikes down the new voter i.d. what you. democrats say the law disenfranchises voters who don't have photo i.d.s. republicans say the law is necessary to crack down on voter fraud. >>> it was this day ten days ago that the beltway snipers terrorized the entire area. over three weeks, they killed a total of ten people. among them, a man who was mowing the lawn at a car dealership. to honor his memory, his sister started raising money to help award scholarships. to date, she's raised homore th $100,000. >> we have to hope for change. and sometimes it's all in our attitude. >> mohammed was executed in 2009. malvo is now 27 and serving multiple life sentences without the possibility of parole. >>> police in prince georges county hoping this video will help them solve three liquor store robberies last mont
for the fight against breast cancer. >> this morning the white house and buckingham palace are pink. the lights will remain on through october. this month's official proclamation to kick off breast cancer awareness month, president obama urges early screenings, including mammogr s mammograms, as a key to early detection. >>> coming up, the problems drivers could face as they try to park in the district. >>> and a political display that has a man's neighbors up in arms. the middle class, who move our country forward. work hard. raise families. and keep america strong. but mitt romney's budget plan will hurt the middle class. raising taxes on the average family by up to $2000 dollars. while giving a tax break of $250,000 dollars to multi-millionaires. doesn't mitt romney understand, we can't rebuild america...by tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> looking at the stories making headlines at 5:29, a somber anniversary marking ten years since the beltway sniper killing spree. >>> d.c. college students on alert after several in
may be one of the best. i'll explain why coming up when fox 5 morning news returns. stay with us. [ male announcer ] who will raise taxes on the middle class? according to an independent, non-partisan study, barack obama and the liberals will raise taxes on the middle class by $4,000. the same organization says the plan from mitt romney and common sense conservatives is "not a tax hike on the middle class." want proof? read the non-partisan study for yourself at american.com. obama and his liberal allies? we can't afford four more years. i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. we can't afford four more years. i"i'm not in favor of a a$5 trillion tax cut. that's not my plan." mitchell: "the nonpartisan tax policy center concluded that mitt romney's tax plan would cost $4.8 trillion over 10 years." vo: why won't romney level with us about his tax plan, which gives the wealthy huge new tax breaks? because according to experts, he'd have to raise taxes on the middle class - or increase the deficit to pay for it. if we can't trust him here... how could we ever trust him here? >>>
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